Manchester mayor candidate: Ryan Warner

Manchester mayor candidate: Ryan Warner
Manchester Mayor Ryan Warner is running for re-election unopposed — as are Town Council members Vincent Pacelli and Jennifer Miller. (Nicholas Griner/Courtesy photo)

Ahead of this spring’s municipal elections, the Carroll County Times has asked candidates to provide information on themselves and their priorities. Their responses are listed here in full.

Manchester Mayor Ryan Warner is running for re-election unopposed — as are Town Council members Vincent Pacelli and Jennifer Miller. Here are Warner’s responses.

Biographical information
  • I am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with 20 years experience as an accountant and business consultant. I am a self-employed CPA providing accounting and management consulting services.
  • B.A. Economics from Towson University
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) - Member
  • Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA) - Member
  • Baltimore Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) - Officer
  • North Carroll Rec Council Football Titans – Past President
  • Past Youth Football Coach
  • Member of Carroll County Youth Football - Past Executive Board
  • Past Youth Wrestling Coach
  • Past Youth Baseball Coach
  • Maryland Mayor’s Association – Member
  • Maryland Municipal League – Member
  • Carroll County Republican Central Committee – Member 1998-2002
  • Manchester Town Council – Council Member 1999-2003
  • Manchester Town Council – Council Vice President 2003-2011
  • Manchester Planning & Zoning Commission – 1999-2011
  • Mayor of Manchester – 2011 - Present
Why do you want to serve in this role?

I am seeking a third term as Mayor as we currently have a great team in Town that is working really well together. I want to continue being a part of that team providing high level services, a safe community and keeping taxes low.

How do you plan to represent your municipality’s interests in the county government?

Over the past several years, we developed a close working relationship with the County government. While we don’t always agree on policy, the lines of communication are open and we are able to advocate on behalf of our Town. During the next four years we need to make progress on the Town/County funding agreement, public safety allocation and making sure our students get relief from overcrowding.

Name something you would begin working to accomplish as soon as your first week on the job.

The first order of business will be to finalize and pass our FY2020 budget. We have been working on the budget for the past several months in order to hold the property tax rate steady and continue to provide high level services to our constituents.

What skills do you have to offer constituents that other candidates might not?

Although I am running unopposed, I have the relevant experience and proven approach to be a successful Mayor. We’ve built a culture of teamwork within the Town government that empowers everyone to perform their role successfully while sharing new ideas for improvement going forward.

What one thing would you most like to see changed?

I would like to see a greater willingness from the County and State in funding traffic remediation projects in Manchester. We’ve had meetings that generated a series of ideas that could collectively improve the traffic situation during rush hours in our Town. However, we have not seen a willingness for the County or State to step up and fund these projects. It is not reasonable to expect the residents of Manchester to fund improvements to State and County roads being used for the commutes of those living outside of our Town.

What are your campaign priorities?

1. Traffic – Working to improve the traffic situation in and around Manchester will always be a priority. As a state funded bypass is not likely around the corner, we need to continually work to find ways to alleviate congestion and traffic related issues for our residents. We’ll continue working with county and state officials to prioritize the traffic situation in and adjacent to Town. The key will be to find a series of projects for which the burden of cost doesn’t fall primarily on the citizens of Manchester.

2. Town Improvements – Manchester has developed into one of the best places to live and raise a family. We were recently rated the #1 safest community in Maryland and #66 nationally. The next step is improving the look and feel of our Town with events and beautification projects. For example, we are planning to replace the athletic lights at Christmas Tree Park for which we received grants to cover most of the expense.

3. Public Safety – The success that we’ve realized in this area didn’t happen by accident and can evaporate if we aren’t constantly diligent. We will continue to focus on all aspects of community safety to ensure that we keep our Town a great place to live.

Are there any ways you intend to work with the newly formed Manchester Planning & Event Committee?

The newly formed Manchester Planning & Event Committee is a wonderful group that I look forward to working with more going forward. The Egg Hunt that they put on at Christmas Tree Park was an amazing event attended by hundreds of people. I’m hoping we can work together along with groups like the Manchester Skatepark Project, Tree of Friends Foundation and the Rec Council to have more events and take advantage of the wonderful parks in Town.